Department of Interdisciplinary Studies / ISP

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies / ISP

“No one field is enough to comprehend and solve the problems of the modern world.  You need instead to approach problems from multiple disciplines."                                              — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor                                                                                           speaking at John Jay's Convocation, Sept 17, 2014
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is home to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (ISP), the Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, the John Jay branch of the CUNY BA Program, and the Vera Fellows Program.  We are located on the 6th floor of the New Building.
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Yes, but what is Interdisciplinary Studies?

Interdisciplinary Studies is a way of thinking about, analyzing, and examining the world. 

It doesn’t believe that one branch of knowledge (say, psychology or history or political science) has all the answers.  Rather, it believes that historical events, cultural movements, and social phenomena are multi-dimensional, involving lots of different elements, branches of knowledge, and modes of behavior. 

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies believes that understanding and solving the problems of the twenty-first century requires us to think outside of the academic box, to see the world through a kaleidoscope of perspectives.  By taking this intellectual approach, we aim to gain a fuller and richer sense of the world. 

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